The Cavaliers, who have already beaten the New York Knicks three times in the 2010-11 season, will go for a clean sweep of the Knicks tonight at 6:00 in New York.
The Knicks are currently residing in seventh place in the East, with a record of 37-38 but winners of their last two games. If the season ended today, New York would be facing -- yes, that's right -- the Miami Heat in the first round. With the Knicks two games out of sixth behind Philadelphia, and well-clear of the Indiana Pacers, who are three games behind New York, it would be easy to see the Knicks being close to being locked into their spot, but there is still basketball to be played.
The Cavs, on the other hand, are playing out the string at 15-60. Cleveland has lost two straight -- in Charlotte and in Washington -- since taking out the Heat in their last win, and facing a team that still has much to play for might not be the optimum situation for a win. With that being said, there may be a mystique factor in the Cavaliers' dominance over the Knicks so far in this season.
Cleveland will return to the Q on Tuesday to face the Bobcats, looking for a little payback against a team that will be desperate for a win as Charlotte tries to stay alive in the playoff race.
The Cavaliers come into tonight's game averaging 95 PPG and giving up 104.8, while New York has scored 106.2 per contest and given up 105.8. Two of the Cavs' three wins over the Knicks have come since New York acquired Carmelo Anthony. Cleveland has beaten New York eleven straight times.